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Martin Birch R.I.P.

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48 Comments to “Martin Birch R.I.P.”:

  1. 1
    Matt Love says:

    Shit ๐Ÿ˜”

  2. 2
    Stephen Chamberlain says:

    Very sad

  3. 3
    Tom Criscuola Sr says:


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    Greg Cummings says:


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    Garrett O Donovan says:

    Oh no, very sad news.

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    Jose Luis Alonso says:

    Oooohh noooo can’t this be true the Gurรบ of so many bands and very crafted producer ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿ˜“๐Ÿ•ฏ

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    Niall Hall says:

    Martin Birch was the producer on so many of my favourite albums. So sad to hear this RIP Martin

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    Alket Kellici says:

    He is so important and part of that big success of Purple back then

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    Paolo Angeli says:

    Rip, producer and sound engineer of many albums in the soundtrack of my life

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    Karen Turner says:


  11. 11
    Michael Quinlan says:

    So sad, R.I.P.

  12. 12
    John Veltman says:

    No news at all on web anywhere are you sure? Hope this is not true

  13. 13
    AndreA says:

    RIP Martin.
    Nobody like you.

  14. 14
    Steve Hunt says:

    Sad news indeed.Talk about a legend,this man was at the helm of some of the greatest albums ever made.RIP Martin.

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    mike whiteley says:

    Sad news.
    If the only album he ever produced was Machine Head,Martin Birch would have assured his place in the hearts and ears of rock fans the world over.
    I hope Jon Lord is greeting an old friend.

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    Alf+ says:

    he heard the recent Deep Purple album and then died (just kidding), Rest in peace Martin Birch. Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Rainbow are in mourning.

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    nupsi59 says:

    Sad News! R.I.P. Mr. Birch!

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    Uwe Hornung says:

    Thanks for all the great sounding records (and always mixing the bass up loud!), Martin, and I don’t mean just the Purple & Family ones. Bร–C’s Cรผltosaurus Erectus and Fire Of Unknown Origin are favourites as well.

    Farewell to the “catalyst”, as the Purps christened him in the In Rock liner notes.

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    Alan Christopher says:

    Sad news. Great producer and apparently great guy too.

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    Blackwood Richmore says:

    Sad to hear this news. Martin Birch was a genius in the music studio & can be easily & favorably compared to George Martin of the Beatles. His work on albums by DP, BOC, WS, BS & IM lifted their music to a higher level & made their albums very special indeed.
    My sincere condolences go out to Martin Birch’s family & friends. ๐Ÿ˜” ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’โ›ชโŒ›

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    Ignacio Bravo says:

    RIP The Legend

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    Charly Rubio says:

    Martin Birch RIP, great producer, engineer of many and iconics bands.
    God bless him. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ•Š๏ธโœ๏ธ From Mรฉxico ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ

  23. 23
    Dan Russell says:

    Onward and Upward Martin Birch. You filled the soundtrack of my life.

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    Jouko Juntunen says:


  25. 25
    Robert Jones says:

    Sad news

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    MacGregor says:

    Vale Sir Martin Birch. Excellent work on so many great albums. RIP.

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    Neil says:

    RIP Martin. The catalyst.
    Great engineer and producer of some of the finest recordings in the history of rock music.

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    marcus Streets says:

    A name on so many of my favourite albums.
    Sad day.

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    Peter Kerr says:

    Was the engineering architect over some of my fav LPs of all time.

  30. 30
    Tim says:

    A huge contributor to the Purple family…

    Catalyst? More than that.

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    Micke says:

    First thought is Machine Head. RIP Martin.

  32. 32
    Leslie S Hedger says:

    One of the greats! May he RIP!

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    Thorsun says:

    In terms of having an outstanding output on the founding records of hard rock and classic rock – no one could touch Martin Birch. His works are now pillars of this genre of music. Just take the string of these 5: In Rock, Made In Japan, Rising, Heaven And Hell and The Number Of The Beast – you can’t get much better than this. Plus they are a landmark of how the proper mixing should be done to sound brilliant. As Robert Fripp says on those sad occasions: “Travel safe, brother Martin”. Thank you for all the goods and sonic pearls that never cease to excite, ignoring the passing of time and advances of technology.

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    Buttockss says:

    R.I.P…..Mr. Martin Birch……The producer of many great albums.

  35. 35
    Marcelo Nievas says:

    Habรญa sido productor de la pra.formacion de fleetwood Mac , r.ip.

  36. 36
    Ignacio Bravo says:

    Marcelo Nievas fue el productor de todo lo bueno que andaba suelto por ahรญ

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    Marcelo Nievas says:

    Ignacio Bravo tengo su trabajo en los 3pros รกlbumes de fleetwood Mac con Peter green

  38. 38
    Ignacio Bravo says:

    Marcelo Nievas porque usted es un estudioso ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    JPiskorowski says:

    R.I.P. Martin…

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    nupsi59 says:

    Watch this…
    and have a nice (sad) Day!

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    Michael says:

    Martin Birch was the first “record producer” I was actually aware of, followed by Purple’s previous producer, Derek Lawrence, who died just a few months ago. Very sad news.

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    rock voorne says:

    What a loss.

    On the other hand, he already left the building in a musical sense in 1992?

    What was the reason he never ventured into producing again at such a young age?

    Was he reallt able to retire on the basic of what he had done. Royalties?

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    ivica says:

    DP family sad,..one best his production moment for me ? “Fool For You Loving”bass line by Neil Murray and David voice…R.I.P.

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    uwe hornung says:

    I once read that Martin experienced severe hearing loss early on which is why he never got involved in any remasters either. 25 years of hard rock sound engineering had taken their toll on the Wasp’s ears …

  45. 45
    Renzo says:

    Epitaph: Martin Birch, the sound of the best live rock album of all time. Made in Japan

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    Adel Faragalla says:

    His production will stand the test of time. RIP Mr Brich or you never know he might be having one hell of party up there with the likes of RJD๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜Š

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    WillemPurplefan says:

    RIP Martin Birch. One of the best producers in rock music ever. Seventies Purple, Rainbow with Dio, early Whitesnake and Black Sabbath with Dio: all exceptional good producing by this master.

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    WillemPurplefan says:

    RIP Martin Birch. One of the best producers in rock music ever. Seventies Purple, Rainbow with Dio, early Whitesnake and Black Sabbath with Dio: all exceptional good producing by this master.

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